County Dublin facts for kids
Contae Bhaile Átha Cliath
|Motto: Beart do réir ár mbriathar (Irish)
"Action to match our speech"
|Dáil Éireann||Dublin Bay North
Dublin Bay South
|• Total||922 km2 (356 sq mi)|
County Dublin (Irish: Contae Bhaile Átha Cliath or Contae Átha Cliath) is a former county in Ireland. It is conterminous with the Dublin Region and is in the province of Leinster. It is named after the city of Dublin, which is the regional capital and the capital city of Ireland. County Dublin was one of the first parts of Ireland to be shired by John, King of England following the Norman invasion of Ireland.
Prior to 1994 County Dublin was also an administrative unit covering the whole county outside of Dublin City Council. In 1994 Dublin County Council was abolished and replaced with three separate administrative county councils: Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown, Fingal and South Dublin. The total population of the three aforementioned counties and Dublin city was 1,345,402 according to the census of 2016.
Since the abolition of the Dublin Regional Assembly by statutory instrument No. 573/2014, the Eurostat statistical region known as "Dublin Region" falls under the remit of the wider Eastern and Midland Regional Authority.
- Road: The major roads are the N2, N3, N4 and N7 national primary roads, and the M1, M11 and M50 motorways.
- Heavy rail: The InterCity and Commuter rail services (Iarnród Éireann).
- Light rail: The Luas tram system serving Dublin City and its southern and western suburbs.
- Rapid transit: The DART and the proposed Dublin Metro line.
- Port: Dublin Port and Dún Laoghaire Harbour.
- Air: Dublin International Airport.
- See also: Transport in Dublin
County Dublin is the main transport node of Ireland, and contains one international airport, Dublin Airport. It is also served by two main seaports, Dún Laoghaire port and Dublin Port, which is just located outside of the city center. The two main train stations are Dublin Heuston and Dublin Connolly, both of which serve intercity trains.
According to the 2006 census, County Dublin had a population of 1,187,176, which constitutes 30% of the national population. This was an increase of 9.5% on 2002 figures. Its population density was 1,218/km². The population of Dublin City, was 506,211.
The median age of the population of the county in the 2006 census was 35.6 years, with 62% of people aged between 20–64 years old. Net migration to the county between 2002 and 2006 was 48,000, with a natural increase of 33,000 people.
There are 10,469 Irish speakers in County Dublin attending the 31 Gaelscoils (Irish language primary schools) and eight Gaelcholáiste (Irish language secondary schools). There may be up to another 10,000 Irish speakers from the Gaeltacht living and working in Dublin also.
A list of the largest urban areas (those with over 1,000 inhabitants) in County Dublin. Administrative county seats are shown in bold.
|5||Dún Laoghaire||Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown||38,761|
Towns and suburbs
- Dolphin's Barn
- Dún Laoghaire
- East Wall
- Harold's Cross
- Kill O' The Grange
- Mount Merrion
- The Coombe
- Windy Arbour
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